Scheduling your child’s education activities for success
Being involved in the education of children can be a very rewarding experience, but it can also be quite complex. The unwieldy number of regulations and rules makes it difficult to keep track of your child’s school schedule and put together assignments and lesson plans.
Even if you’re the parent of a young child, you may have to do a little more than just show up on the first day of school to feel involved. School officials want to do everything they can to serve your child’s best interests, and they realize that some parents may not be able to attend all the meetings and meetings they have to. Make a full commitment to attending all of the formal meetings, meetings you have arranged for your child’s enrichment experiences, and parent meetings. If you’re not attending, you can make your participation even more meaningful by showing up to the less formal meetings with your child and discussing the lessons your child is learning and opportunities that can enrich and advance his or her learning.
It doesn’t have to take all day. Although this advice may seem somewhat generic, making time to attend these meetings can be the most important part of any parent-teacher alliance. They are not only the place to share ideas for your child’s learning and enrichment, but they also show the school officials you are taking your role as a parent seriously.
It’s not just for parents
It is not just the teachers who have an education stake in your child’s education. As a parent, you have to make a commitment to this cause as well. Do not only attend parent meetings, but do the other things that make up the overall learning process – visiting your child’s school, taking a tour of the building, visiting your child’s class and visiting classrooms. You may even want to attend a few meetings that are not formal, such as a social activity, yearbook event, award banquet or fundraiser. These are also places where you and your child can discover new ways to improve your child’s education. Once you and your child have explored these resources, continue to attend meetings.
Don’t overlook volunteer opportunities
There are a number of informal volunteer opportunities that you and your child can enjoy and use to expand the education of your child. According to the American Association of School Administrators, there are two primary ways to make a difference within a school:
Community volunteerism – serve on committees, board and committees. This is the best way to gain an understanding of what your child’s school has in mind for his or her growth and development and why it needs your involvement.
Togetherness – be a part of a child’s school community through making sure that he or she participates in many of the activities in the school.
Not sure what volunteer opportunities are available to you or your child? What type of volunteering can help his or her school gain and keep a strong reputation among the community? Do contact the Association of Great City Schools to find out more. Visit this website to find out about classes and activities, increase your knowledge about great public schools and get involved with the opportunities and teachers that matter to your child and you.
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